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I have a couple questions for those who have already gotten into Opt. School. I'm looking at NECO, PCO, and SUNY (hey, I'm an East Coast gal). Hopefully some of you have had similar experiences and can shed some light on what I should do.

First, does anyone know if NECO (or anyone else, for that matter) allows you to apply before taking all your pre-reqs? I have already graduated and only have a few classes to take, so I need to fit them into my work schedule and can't go full-time. I'm looking at Orgo 1 and 2 (I got a BC and CD when I took them, respectively), Micro, Biochem, and possibly some math (see below). It'll take me until at least December to finish them, and I would REALLY like to apply in Oct/Nov. Also, are there any classes that anyone feels I should NOT take at a CC? I'd like to take at least a few at a CC and save literally thousands of dollars.

About the math... here is my quandary. I placed out of the first math requirement at my university and went straight to calculus. I got a BC (oh, freshman year, if only I could get you back!). That was seven years ago. Neco told me that I needed two semesters of math, one of which had to be calculus. Would it be lame if I took algebra or trig or some class that precedes calc? Did anyone else have this problem? All the other schools seem to require only one semester of math, so I don't know if I should even take Calculus 1 over again.

As an aside, I graduated with a 3.28 GPA (3.18 science GPA). I haven't taken the OAT, but I am very good at standardized tests.

Sorry for the long post; I am just getting frazzled reading these posts of what's good and bad and right and wrong and up and down! Whew...it's good to get things off my chest! Thanks for any help anyone can give!